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Medical Cannabis and School: Separating Fact From Fiction.

Authors
  • Strawhacker, MaryAnn Tapper1
  • 1 Special Education and Section 504 Consultant, Heartland Area Education Agency, Johnston, IA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
NASN school nurse (Print)
Publication Date
Oct 29, 2019
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1942602X19877561
PMID: 31658906
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The majority of states have legalized medical marijuana (MM) despite its Federal Schedule 1 designation as an illegal substance. Public schools must comply with Drug Free Workplace laws or risk the loss of federal funding. To address the conflict between state and federal laws regulating MM, the National Association of School Nurses issued a position brief in January 2019. The accompanying article introduces the Cannabis/Marijuana Position Brief and provides guidance for school nurses who encounter a student treated with MM. Topics addressed include background implications of federal marijuana and hemp law, mechanism of action for MM, Epidiolex overview, current research regarding efficacy of MM for common qualifying conditions, and implications for school nursing practice.

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